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Did You Know
February 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 22

Did You Know?

“Did You Know” is a monthly series that includes valuable tips to help you get the most out of the benefits and services offered by the Division of Human Resources.

Get More Control Over Your Health

Staying healthy can be a challenge, especially if you have a chronic disease. But if you’re an Aetna HMO member, help is right at your fingertips. Aetna’s Health ConnectionsSM program can help you live your life well, regardless of whether you have an ongoing health condition.

Provided free of charge to Aetna HMO members, Aetna Health ConnectionsSM gives you educational materials and support and encourages you to work closely with your doctor to follow a personalized treatment plan. You have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an Aetna nurse and receive customized information about your current health issues—from treatment options and medications to factors that may put you at risk for other chronic diseases. Keep in mind your health records will be kept private when you enroll in this program.

Participating is easy—if you’re an Aetna HMO member, just contact Aetna at 866-269-4500 to learn how you can benefit from Aetna Health ConnectionsSM. You can also visit Aetna’s website at www.aetna.com for more information and additional resources to help you achieve and maintain optimal health.

Are You on Track with Your Retirement Savings?

We know how complicated life can get from one day to the next. But saving for retirement doesn’t have to be, and Penn can help. In honor of America Saves Week, which runs from February 21–28, we’re encouraging you to take advantage of the University’s retirement resources.  We have plenty of information to help you stay on track with your retirement goals.

• Build your retirement savings by contributing your own money to the Tax-Deferred Retirement (TDR) and/or Supplemental Retirement Annuity (SRA) plans. If you’re eligible for the TDR plan, the University will also make regular contributions to your account on your behalf.  Keep in mind that all contributions are made on a pre-tax basis, so you won’t pay taxes until you start withdrawing from your account.

• You can contribute up to $16,500 per year during calendar year 2010 (on a pre-tax basis). However, this amount may be higher if you’re at least 50 years old and/or have at least 15 years of service with the University.

• Both of Penn’s investment carriers offer free one-on-one retirement counseling sessions if you have questions about investing.

Visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Benefits/Retirement for more retirement resources and to manage your retirement benefits online.

—Division of Human Resources

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